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Board of Trustees, 

His Excellency Wm. C. Oates, Governor, 
Ex-Officio President of the Board. 

Rt. Rev. H. M. Jackson, State-at-I^arge Montgomery 

Rev. Geo. B. Eager, State-at-Large Montgomery 

Hon. John Purifoy State Auditor 

Hon. John O. Turner Sup't of Education 

Hon. H. Austill : First District — Mobile 

Hon. Sol D. Block Second District — Camden 

Hon. a. H. Alston Third District — Clayton 

Hon. Thomas S. Plowman Fourth District — Talladega 

Hon. W. W. Wadsworth Fifth District — Wadsworth 

Hon. F. S. Moody Sixth District — Tuscaloosa 

Hon. W. R. Dortch Seventh District — Gadsden 

Hon. Virgil Bouldin Eighth District — Scottsboro 

Hon. John McQueen Ninth District — Birmingham 

Executive Committee, 

W. W. Wadsworth, Chairman. 
T. S. Plowman, F, S, Moody, 

"More Light," 

' ' When the shadow of death was drawing over the great 
Goethe, he uttered his last wish for 'more light.' We must 
echo his cry if we would prepare our American system of 
education for a more glorious destiny. We treat our children 
too much as the unskilled gardener treats his plants. He 
puts them by a window and pours over them a flood of light 
and life-giving rays. Instinctively they turn out towards the 
source of their strength. They put forth their leaves and 
budding promises, and as we look at them from the outside 
we mark their flourishing aspect and rejoice. But if we look 
at the other side we shall find them neglected, deficient and 
deformed. What they want is more light — light on the other 
side. Were the sun always in the east, our trees would all 
grow like those on the edge of the forest-^— one-sided. So in 
education we must open new windows, or rather we must 
level with the ground all artificial barriers and let every 
luminous characteristic of modern life shine in upon our 
school rooms. We must pay less heed to what the world was 
two or three hundred 3'ears ago, and regard with greater re- 
spect what the world is to-day. You know how often life is 
a failure from defective education. Too often do we see 
young people who might have been educated to eminent use- 
fulness, cast " 

' Unfinished into this breathing world, scarce half made up.' 


This school was established by an act of the General As- 
sembly of Alabama at the session of 1892 and 1893, by a reso- 
lution introduced in the Senate of Alabama by Col. Sol D. 
Bloch, of Camden, Wilcox County, ably seconded by the ef- 
forts of Hon. Jno. McQueen in the House of Representatives, 
and was located by the honorable Board of Trustees in the 
town of Montevallo, Shelby County, on the first day of Jan- 
uary, 1896, on which date the executive committee of the Board 
of Trustees received from the citizens of Montevallo the grounds 
and buildings donated by them, together with the sum of 
$9,000 in money. 


A faculty composed of trained and skillful teachers 
whose every effort will be devoted to the instruction and ad- 
vancement of the pupils committed to their charge, will be on 
hand at the opening of this school. 

Much care is being exercised in the selection of the 
teachers in all the branches of this school, but more especially 
are teachers of the Industrial features looked after. The 
object of this school is to furnish a business education to young 
women, and they will receive training here that can be had no 
where else in the State. Having this end in view, the heads 
of these different departments will be men and women who 
are thoroughly competent, and who will give practical in- 


Section 6 of the Act of the Legislature referred to defines 
the purpose of this school, and is as follows: 

"That the Board of Trustees shall possess all the power 
necessary and proper for the accomplishment of the trust re- 
posed in them, viz: The establishment and maintenance of 
a first-class industrial .school for the education of white girls 

in the State of Alabama in industrial and scientific branches, 
at which said girls ma}^ acquire a thorough normal school 
education, together with a knowledge of kindergarten instruc- 
tion and music; also a knowledge of Telegraphy, Stenogra- 
phy, Photography, Phonography, Type- writing. Printing, 
Book-keeping, Indoor Carpentry, Electrical Construction, Clay- 
Modeling, Architectural and Mechanical Drawing, Sewing, 
Dressmaking, Millinery, Cooking, Laundering, House, Sign- 
and Fresco Painting, Home Nursing, Plumbing, and such 
other practical industries as from time to time to them may 
be suggested by experience or tend to promote the general 
object of said Girls' Industrial School, to-wit, fitting and pre- 
paring girls for the practical industries of the age. 


Montevallo (Mountain Valley), a beautiful and pic- 
turesque village, is situated in Shelby County and is the exact 
geographical centre of the State. A swift-running stream, 
flowing immediately through the town makes a natural drain- 
age, and the bold, gushing springs which burst from the rocky 
cliffs, combine to make it the most healthful town in the 
State. The towm was settled before the State was admitted 
into the Union, and at one time came within one vote of being 
selected as the place for the State Capital. It has been the 
home in years gone by of man}' men prominent in the affairs 
of our State. 

The inhabitants of Montevallo are noted for their refine- 
ment and culture. Simplicity characterizes their mode of 
living, which combined with the high religious standard that 
prevails, renders it a suitable home for the Girls' Industrial 
School of Alabama. 

Appreciating these advantages of location, the Board of 
Trustees selected this as the ideal spot, far removed from the 
contaminating and too often corrupting influences of our great 
commercial marts, for this most important institution designed 
to train not only the mind and heart but also the deft fingers 
of the girls of Alabama. All praise to the noble representa- 

tives of our State, who have so wisely and well thus taken 
this great initial step in higher education, ennobling labor hy 
combining it with intelligence and by lifting our sisters and 
daughters up to a higher plane of independence. 

Courses of Study. 

1. The Normal Course, designed to prepare young 
ladies for teaching. 

2. The Business Course, to prepare them for the count- 
ing room. This course includes practice in Bookkeeping, 
Typewriting, and Stenography. 

3. The Courses in Industrial Arts, to fit them for the 
practical industries of the age. Among these arts we mention 
Industrial and Mechanical Drawing, Modeling, Designing, 
Oil Painting, and Telegraphy. 

4. The Domestic Science Course, to equip a woman for 
her place as the head of a household. This includes cooking, 
sewing, cutting and fitting, and care the of the sick. 

5. The College Course, designed to furnish the high- 
est degree of literary attainments and scientific knowledge. 


The General Assembly of Alabama in establishing this 
school appropriated money to employ first-class teachers in 
all its departments. The State intends this institution to be 
good enough for any of its citizens and the expenses low 
enough for all. To carry out this aim we submit prices that 
have never before been made in first-class schools. 

Eighty Dollars will pay the expenses for the entire 
session. This includes tuition in all departments, board, 
lights and fuel, laundry and medical attention, and use of all or- 
dinary text books in the school. No incidentals will be charged 
except a fee for the use of pianos and typewriters. Of this 
amount it is best to bring $40.00 to pay the expenses for the 
first half of the session, though the sum of $15.00 in cash 

(and the balance paid monthly in advance) will insure En- 

will be placed in hands of Probate Judges, County Commis- 
sioners, Senators, and Representatives of each county, who 
are requested to interest themselves. 

The pupils, as at the Normal Schools, will be boarded in 
the best private families, but will be under the constant care 
of the President and Faculty. They will not be allowed to 
receive attention from young men at any time. 


The students are required to bring no text books. The 
institution will furnish these, for the use of which a small fee 
is charged. This fee is included in the total expenses named. 
The books are to be returned to the school in good order at 
the close of the session or paid for. 

Articles to be Furnished by the Students, 

Each student must bring with her two pairs of sheets, 
one pair of pillow cases, one pair of blankets, one bed spread, 
six towels, comb and brush, a good pair of rubber over-shoes, 
and a gossamer. 


The Dress Uniform for fall and winter shall be of dark, 
navy blue cashmere, trimmed with same material and plainly 
made. An Oxford Cap of the same material shall be worn. 
The Dress Uniform is for public occasions. For every day 
wear any ordinary dress may be used. No extravagance of 
dress shall be permitted. Where it is not convenient for an}- 
parent to provide this uniform at home, the goods may be 
bought in Montevallo at a very low price and the uniform 

cut, fitted, and made by the girl under the direction and super- 
vision of the skilled dress-maker in charge of that department, 
thus giving the pupil a useful lesson in domestic economy 
while learning the art of dress-making. The gossamer and 
other articles of clothing can also be supplied here at a very 
small cost. Prices on any of these articles can be furnished 
if desired. 

Instructions to Applicants, 

It is very important that those who propose to enter this 
school should communicate immediately with the President 
so that proper arrangements may be made for their accommo- 
dation. Not more than two hundred pupils can be comforta- 
bly provided for this session; therefore, those washing to 
enroll must send their applications at once that they may be 
placed on file in the President's office. 

The school will open on Monday, October 12, and it is 
earnestly requested that pupils come to Montevallo as early as 
convenient the previous week. In this case they can be 
comfortably quartered in their boarding houses before the 
opening of school, and be ready for classification on the first 
da}'. This is important. 

How to Reach Montevallo, 

Pupils living in the southwestern portion of the State de- 
siring to come to Montevallo can come up the Mobile & Bir- 
mingham Road to Selma and thence to Montevallo, which is 
only fifty-five miles north of Selma. living in the 
southeastern portion may come to Montgomery, thence to 
Calera and there take the Southern Railway and come to 
Montevallo, which is only seven miles southwest of Calera. 
Those desiring to come from the northeastern part of the State 
can take the Southern Railway and come direct to town. If 
on the Alabama Great Southern Railroad, come to Birming- 
ham and there take the Southern, which comes direct to 
Montevallo. I^ikewise, parties in the northwe.stern part of 
the State can come to Birmingham and thence direct to this 
place over the Southern Railway. 


Calendar for 1896^97. 

Session begins October 12, 1896. First Term ends Jan- 
uary 22, 1897; second Term begins January 23, 1897; Com- 
mencement Day May 27, 1897. 

For further information address the undersigned, 

H. C. Reynolds, 

Acting President, 

Montevallo, Ala. 


By great sacrifice and earnest effort the citizens of Monte- 
vallo finally secured the permanent location of this highly 
prized school. 

As another step toward the accomplishment of the object 
of this institution, seeing the dormitory buildings could not 
be prepared in time to accommodate the pupils, the citizens 
decided to open their homes for the accommodation of pupils 
at one uniform price for board, viz: eight dollars per month. 
I would suggest to those thus kindly and cheaply entertained, 
that they will be expected to do their share towards lessening 
the labor in the household by caring for and keeping their 
own rooms in a state of order and neatness that will command 
the respect of those with whom they are to dwell. 

Parents are invited to visit the school at any time and 
see for themselves its work. 

All communications should be addressed to the President.